Monday, December 24, 2012

#5 - Ecuador High Altitude Expedition - Dec. 14th- 28th, 2012

Climber: Michael Radin (Lynnwood, WA)

Guide: Jose (Pepe) Landazuri

Pepe called with this dispatch Sunday morning, December 23. “Hello again from Ecuador.  After our success on Cayambe, we are taking a couple of days to rest and relax.  We are based at Tambopaxi Lodge, and from here we have a clear view of majestic 19,248-foot Cotopaxi, our next goal.  

We are going to do a little hike today to a lake with great views of Cotopaxi, and late in the afternoon we will move to Jose Ribas hut at the base of the climbing route.  Again we we have a midnight wake-up call and a 1am departure for the summit.

The weather continues to be excellent.  We have clear skies today and last night there was a fairly full moon.  That will be handy in our ascent.  If it is clear, we probably won’t need to use of headlamps! 

So we hope to summit Monday, and we’ll give you a call as soon as we can after the climb.  Wish us luck and talk to you soon!”

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